Real break out their scoring boots

A brace from Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid coast to a resounding 5-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen in UEFA Champions League Group G action on Wednesday night at the Doosan Arena in Plzen.
The Frenchman scored both goals in the first half and was joined on the scoresheet by Casemiro, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos in what was the most complete 90 minutes from Los Blancos in quite some time.
New manager Santiago Solari's first European match at the helm of Los Blancos saw Dani Ceballos and Lucas Vazquez get starts, meaning Luka Modric, Isco and Marco Asensio were on the bench.
Just like in the first meeting between the two sides, Viktoria showed no fear and went at Real early and were nearly rewarded when a deep cross hit off Nacho and struck the crossbar before finally being cleared.
Real managed to absorb the early punches from Viktoria without shedding any blood and soon took over. It was at that moment that a player maligned for his lack of goals this season quieted his critics with a sensational solo goal, as Benzema collected a pass and slalomed through a slew of Viktoria defenders before slotting home an excellent finish to make it 0-1 to the visitors. With the goal, Real were brimming with confidence and before Viktoria could even think of a response it was 0-2, as Casemiro rose above the defence on a corner kick and thumped in a header to double the lead.


It was some of the best football that Real had played in weeks and the advantage quickly grew to 0-3 via a short corner that ended with a Bale header cross goal to Benzema, who scored his second of the night with a header of his own. Things kept rolling for Los Blancos, as Lucas Vazquez and Sergio Reguilon spearheaded another attack, with the latter floating in a cross that connected with the right boot of Bale, who thundered home a shot to stretch the lead to 0-4 to all but finish the hosts.
With the four-goal cushion Real were able to play to their liking without a hurry in the world and Solari could rest his starters, with Sergio Ramos and Benzema yielding their respective spots to Javi Sanchez and Vinicius.
Viktoria lurched forward in hopes of a consolation goal, but it clearly wasn't their day and soon enough it was 0-5 when a poor giveaway led to a break led by Vinicius, who assed off to Kroos and the German curled in a perfectly placed right-footer for the goal. From then on it was easy street for Solari's men, as they closed things out with no problems to put themselves on the verge of another knockout stage appearance.
Match Sheet:
0.- Viktoria Plzen: Hruska; Reznik, Hejda, Hubnik, Limbersky; Prochazka, Hrosovsky; Havel, Cermak (Horava, min. 61), Kopic; Chory (Reznicek, min. 80).
5.- Real Madrid: Courtois; Odriozola, Nacho, Sergio Ramos (Javi Sanchez, min. 59), Reguilon; Casemiro, Kroos (Isco, min. 73), Ceballos; Lucas Vazquez, Bale, Benzema (Vinicius, min. 62)
Goals: 0-1, min. 20: Benzema; 0-2, min. 23: Casemiro; 0-3, min. 37: Benzema; 0-4, min. 39: Bale; 0-5, min. 67: Kroos
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany). Yellow Cards: Nacho (Min. 54) for Real Madrid
Red cards: None
Stadium: Doosan Arena
Attendance: 11.000